N.H. Legislative Preview: Democratic and Republican Leaders Outline 2019 Goals, Differences

Jan 15, 2019

Senators Donna Soucy and Chuck Morse (top row) and Representatives Shurtleff and Hinch (bottom row)
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

Laura talks with New Hampshire House and Senate leaders representing both parties to find out what's in store for the legislature in the months ahead and how the shift in power -- from Republicans to Democrats -- might play out. So far, business taxes, marijuana policy, and voting laws are among many issues up for debate.

Also not to be overlooked: the state budget. 

GUESTS:

  • Dick Hinch, House Minority Leader, R-Merrimack
  • Chuck Morse, Senate Minority Leader, R-Salem
  • Steve Shurtleff, Speaker of the House, D-Penacook
  • Donna Soucy, Senate President, D- Manchester

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